Handball World Cup 2021 | Algeria beats Morocco in an astonishing “remontada” 24-23.
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Pre-Match Thread: Sevilla vs Barcelona [Copa Del Rey]

#Match Information:

 

Match: Sevilla vs Barcelona

Competition: Copa Del Rey

Date: Wednesday, 10th of February 2021

Time: 21:00 CET / 15:00 EST - Convert to local time

Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville - 42714 capacity

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

 

#Lineups and Squads:

 

Barcelona - Official squad confirmed

GK: Ter Stegen, Neto, Iñaki Peña

DEF: Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Firpo, Mingueza

MID: Busquets, Pjanić, Riqui Puig, Coutinho, Pedri, Matheus, De Jong, Ilaix Moriba

ATT: Griezmann, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Trincão, Ansu Fati, Konrad, Álex Collado

Unavailable: Piqué, Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Pjanić, Coutinho, Braithwaite, Ansu Fati (injured)

Not called:

 

Sevilla - Official squad to be confirmed

GK: Tomáš Vaclík, Bono, Javi Díaz, Adrián González, Alfonso Pastor

DEF: Joris Gnagnon, Sergi Gómez, Karim Rekik, Jules Koundé, Navas, Escudero, Diego Carlos, P. Pérez Rico

MID: Lucas Ocampos, Nemanja Gudelj, Suso, Joan Jordán, Ivan Rakitić, Óscar Rodríguez, Aleix Vidal, Marcos Acuña, Óliver Torres, Franco Vázquez, Alejandro Gómez, Fernando, Antonio Zarzana, Kike Ríos, Juanlu

ATT: Luuk de Jong, Munir, Youssef En-Nesyri, Carlos Álvarez, Iván Romero

Unavailable: Lucas Ocampos, Óscar Rodríguez (injured)

Not called:

 

#Head-to-head:

 

 

#Form guide:

 

Sevilla

  • Form: [W] W W W W

  • Goals scored: 12

  • Goals conceded: 0

  • Last match: Sevilla 3:0 Getafe - La Liga

Barcelona

  • Form: [W] W W W W

  • Goals scored: 14

  • Goals conceded: 7

  • Last match: Real Betis 2:3 Barcelona - La Liga

 

#Comments (Post-match thread

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Le Bilan Infinity War - Mid-Season Special

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to a special edition of Le Bilan. For a little more than a year now I've been writing these weekly recaps about Ligue 1, a league that may not be the best in the world but still deserved more attention on /r/soccer.

I would have probably stopped doing them if it was not for the constant support from the small but very passionate french community on here who constantly provides me help, ideas and inspiration. That's why I wanted to have them on board for this one-off. So I gathered the Avengers of the french /r/soccer redditors to let them talk about their respective clubs and what happened to them so far this season.

I would like to thank everyone who accepted to participate in this collective work, it's been a real pleasure reading all your contributions.

The regular Bilan will be back on thursday after matchday 18. In the meantime, enjoy this one !


# Ligue 1

# Olympique Lyonnais by /u/sugima

After the final 8, and the 4th harvest of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City by Maxwel Cornet in 2 seasons, we have only Ligue 1 and the Cup to play. No Champions League or Europa League, due to a 7th spot when the League decided to terminate the 2019-20 season. After 6 matches (1W-4D-1L), this season felt like it would be a second shit season in a row in Ligue 1 : 3 draw games against opponents who are in the 2nd half of the table (Bordeaux, Nîmes and Lorient), and one against Marseille who played 70 min with 10 men. Add to this an outrageous amount of crosses all going into the void, and Rudi Garcia was ready to miss a European spot twice in a row. But this awful streak came to an end, and OL won 29 points out of 33 in the following 11 matches. Despite this successful streak, these matches still include some poor performances compared to the expected standard of one of the richest French clubs : the 7th match against Strasbourg who came back from 0-3 down to 2-3 and could have equalized in the last minutes, the 8th match against Monaco (4-1 win, 4-0 lead at half-time with 4 generous gifts from Monaco's defense, but Monaco dominated the whole 2nd half) or the match against Brest at home (15th match day), where OL conceded the equalizer on a last minute penalty when Brest was down to 10 men (again ...). The difficulty to keep a result with an extra player on the pitch seems to go on, and often coincides with Garcia's choice to sub off an attacking player f

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Is anyone following the World Men's Handball Championship?

With the end of the preliminary round, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have qualified for the main round while Chile is going to battle for the President's Cup a.k.a. the 25th place trophy.

Quick rundown of our competitors:

  • Uruguay: lost against Hungary and Germany, basically has qualified in their first world championship ever on a free win against Cape Verde, which abandoned the competition after their first match due to a COVID outbreak in the squad.
  • Brazil: has achieved the feat of drawing with the best (Spain) and the worst (Tunisia) teams in the group, before getting their asses handed to them by Poland.
  • Argentina: won against Bahrain and Dr. Congo (which has a 130kg player, just look it up) as I like to call them, while losing only to the powerful Denmark, not bad at all.
  • Chile: lost against the hosts Egypt, took a beating from Sweden and lost against Macedonia, a team that wouldn't even be there if Czechia hadn't withdrawn days before the event due to COVID.

Quick summary of the competition:

  1. Preliminary round: 8 groups of 4 teams (A to H), the dead last goes to fight for honor in the President's Cup, top 3 advance to the main round.
  2. Main round: 4 groups of 6 teams (I to IV), each group is formed by combining the top 3 of two groups: A+B, C+D, E+F, G+H so for instance a team who played in group A will have 3 more matches against all teams qualified from group B and so on, with the top 2 advancing to the final round.
  3. Final round: pretty straightforward with a single-elimination knockout bracket, you guys know the drill.
  4. President's Cup: here is where the teams are sent to have a chance to fight for an honorable death and not to be crowned the worst team in the whole tournament. Bottom teams from groups A to H are placed in two groups: A+B+C+D and E+F+G+H. First place in each group decide the trophy in a final match, while the last place in each group will try to avoid the eternal shame. Needless to say that's the real final right there folks.

More info about the tournament. If anyone is interested and your country isn't broadcasting the tournament, matches are being broadcast by Telecom Egypt on their YouTube channel.

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[OC] Top 25 most embarrassing matches in Poland National Team history

Post inspired by and dedicated to Jerzy Brzęczek

25. DENMARK 8-0 POLAND (Friendly, 1948)

Basically a honorable mention. This friendly held shortly after the World War II still remains our highest defeat in history. Ironically, it was the only match of Kazimierz Górski in the national team as a player. In the 70s he became the best manager in our history.

24. POLAND 0-0 (5-4 PENALTIES) NEW ZEALAND (Friendly Cup Final, 1999)

The circumstances of this match are worse than the result. In June 1999, Poland NT (with squad consisting mostly of domestic league players) flew to Bangkok to take part in so-called "Four Nations Tournament" with Thailand, New Zealand and Brazil Brazil B Brazil Z team. Occasional friendlies of Poland B in exotic places began back in the 1980s and were an opportunity for a lot of average players to make international debut. Tradition finally died in 2014, when Ekstraklasa All-Stars defeated Moldovan League All-Stars 1-0 in Abu Dhabi. Yeah, that happened.

23. JAPAN 5-0 POLAND (Friendly, 1996)

Another exotic friendly, this time in Hong Kong. It's worth noting that in the 90s Ekstraklasa was nowhere as bad as it's now. 6 players from the first eleven represented Widzew Łódź - club which qualified to Champions League just a few months later. Somehow, they managed to lost 0-5 with Japan. Fun fact: 4th goal was scored by famous Kazuyoshi Miura, who is still a professional footballer today at 53.

22. POLAND 1-3 FINLAND (EURO 2008 Qualifiers, 2006)

The first EURO 2008 Qualifiers match and the second match with Dutch manager Leo Beenhakker. After awful loss, people wondered: "If we lose at home with the Finns, what will happen in the clash with Portugal, Serbia or Belgium?" After the disastrous World Cup in Germany, we have confirmed conviction that our footballers are useless and in the future we will face only humiliation. Liverpool's goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek lost his place in the national team for 3 years.

Thankfully, later things got better.

21. [POLAND 5-0 SAN MARINO](https://www.yo

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup Finalists: Where are they now 10 years later?

On July 11th, 2010, the South Africa 2010 World Cup came to an end, 10 years ago at time of writing. While not the most amazing quality of football was played at that tournament, more and more I look back to that tournament with fondness; even the annoying vuvuzelas now hold a special place in my heart. Of course, much of that has to do with the fact that my home country reached the finals for the first time in my lifetime. I imagine countries like England or France look at it much differently than I do.

Ten years ago can feel like a long time, especially in the world of football, where careers can reach their endpoint in that timeframe. So now feels as good a time as any to reflect on the two teams that reached the final: The Netherlands and of course the eventual winners Spain. What has become since of the players and managers after that 1-0 game in Johannesburg? Are there players still active in their respective squads today?

NETHERLANDS

Maarten Stekelenburg

  • Club then: Ajax
  • Now: Everton/Ajax
  • Total Caps: 58 (2004-2016)

Oranje’s main goalkeeper following the end of Van der Sar’s reign. Stekelburg had plenty of doubters, with him not having a great season where he even lost his position to Kenneth Vermeer at points, but despite all that, he managed to prove himself, particularly with a spectacular save in the quarter final against Brazil. Remained Holland’s main goalkeeper until EURO 2012, where his lack of gametime at other clubs and the rise of Jasper Cillessen made him lose his spot. After 4 years of sitting on Everton’s bench, he will return to Ajax as their new second goalkeeper.

Gregory van de Wiel

  • Club then: Ajax
  • Now: Retired
  • Total Caps: 46 (2009-2015)

The youngest member of the squad, van der Wiel was already a consistent starter at Ajax when he was chosen to be the main right back of Oranje in favor of Khalid Boulharouz, playing 5 out of 7 games. Van der Wiel was expected to be the main right back for some time to come, but that didn’t come to fruition, with his spot being taken by the likes of Daryl Janmaat at the 2014 World Cup due to injury. His career came at somewhat of an unceremonious end when he left Toronto FC on March 2019 following an altercation with the manager, eventually choosing to retire to live in LA and focus on his business and entrepreneurial work at the age of 31.

John Heitinga

  • Club then: Everton
  • Now: Ajax
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Josep Bartomeus resigning speech in full

Below is the entire text of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation speech as president of FC Barcelona as sent to all members. It's long, very long.

“Good evening Barça members,

I am here today to inform you of my resignation and that of the rest of the Board of Directors.

This is a well-considered, calm, consensual and collective decision by my fellow directors who have accompanied me over recent years in a loyal and committed fashion with regards to the project and the Club, and who have made so many sacrifices thinking always of Barça.

This morning, as you well know, I received a reply from the Catalan Government to the letter that we sent yesterday. Their reply was clear. I will read the text: “We inform you that the Catalan Government, represented by members from the Presidential, Interior and Health Departments, reiterate that there is no legal or sanitary impediment for the holding of the Vote of Censure, as long as they include, in the organisational protocol of the aforementioned vote of censure, the requirements that the PROCICAT technical group presented to FC Barcelona in the meeting which took place on 21 October.” That means a decentralised vote.

To the point. They do not say anything else. They make no mention of our request in the same meeting and in previous meetings, which consisted of requesting legal coverage to have 15 days notice to be able to organise the necessary complicated logistics to hold a vote that respected the minimum of health and safety measures necessary at that moment. Decentralised voting that, for the first time, proposed voting in 21 different polling stations, distributed geographically, 13 in Catalonia and 8 in the rest of the state.

Neither do they talk about the date of the vote, even though they know that we are obliged to call it this very day, and if we do not, we will not be complying with our own Statutes.

For that reason we asked them for legal coverage. The same that they requested from the Central Government in order to take extreme measures such as the curfew amongst others. However, they have decided to not grant us what they themselves have requested and received from the State Government. Frankly, they have decided to wash their hands of the subject in the face of a situation that was uncomfortable for them without thinking of the consequences that their decision can have.

Immediately afterwards, at midday today, a meeting was called for the vote of censure commit

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South Korea's 2020 K League season starts this Friday 8th May - a very mini guide

Delayed by coronavirus by 10 weeks, Asia's oldest professional league is finally here

Contents:

  • Why should you care?
  • The impact of coronavirus
  • How do I get into it?
  • Matchday 1
  • The off-season
  • Watching live
  • Watching highlights
  • Choosing a team

##Why should you care?

The most obvious reason is that it's being played at all and will probably be the highest-quality football on offer in the world right now.

Longer-term, when the football calendar returns to normal, following the K League means you'll never have to go without club football from ~June-August again, as the K League plays from ~February–November. When everyone in the DD is lamenting how empty their lives are now that the EPL has finished, you can just enjoy watching the K League in full swing every weekend.

I could wax lyrical about how amazing the K League is, but really those will be the best reasons for most people.
Aside from that, it does generally provide very good entertainment. Last season we saw:

  • the title race come down to the last game of the season, and was decided on a tiebreaker by a single goal scored
  • related to the above, Ulsan failing to secure the title by losing to their biggest rivals Pohang Steelers when they only needed a draw
  • the previous season's runners-up being relegated
  • K League stalwarts Jeju United being relegated for the first time ever
  • Gangwon staging a 5-goal comeback in the final 25 mins of a game against Pohang in which they were 4-0 down

##The impact of coronavirus

The K League season was postponed in late February, 5 days before it was meant to kick off. Training was allowed to continue, although friendlies against other teams were banned. South Korea's response to the virus has widely been considered "very good", and so talks took place in April about resuming the season soon after friendlies were allowed again.

Clubs initially ruled out opening behind closed doors due to their reliance on gate receipts for their finances, but I guess they changed their minds on that, as there will be no crowd at the beginning with no date set for opening the doors. However, given that South Korea held a general election with their highest ever voter turnout a few weeks ago, with no apparent subsequent impact on coronavirus numbers, I'm hopeful there will be a crowd in the near future. New cases in South Korea have been about 10 per day for the past few weeks, and a majority of those have been arrivals from abroad. Social distancing is

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10 World Sports that Feature Larger World Cups (more countries competing) than Cricket!

So, I love my cricket, but I am perpetually frustrated by cricket's conservatism, its elitism, its holier than thou attitude towards the sanctity of stats & associate / emerging cricket nations and of course its reluctance to growing & globalizing the sport; especially at the behest of influential boards like the BCCI.

I did some research about popular team sports around the world, particularly regarding the number of countries that participate in such events. And without further ado, let me present to you my findings.

PLEASE NOTE, that my reason for sharing this is to express my frustration at cricket's status quo. There is really an URGENT need to increase the number of countries participating in both the ODI & T20 World Cups; so that cricket remains competitive from a world perspective and does not fall far behind other sports (in terms of popularity).


World Cups for popular team sports, sorted by number of participating nations

1) Association Football - 32 Teams in 2018 FIFA World Cup, increasing to 48 from 2026 onwards.

2) Basketball - The FIBA Basketball World Cup recently expanded to 32 teams from 24 for the 2019 edition and will stay at 32 from now on.

3) Handball - The 2019 Handball World Championship had 24 teams; BUT this expands to 32 from 2021 onwards.

4) Tennis - The recently inaugurated ATP Cup (which just staged its first edition in Australia in January 2020), had tennis players from 24 different countries. (6 groups of 4)

5) Rugby - The 2019 Rugby World Cup had 20 nations participating, with plans of further expansion (possibly from 2027 onwards)

6) Field Hockey - The 2018 Hockey World Cup had 16 teams taking part.

7) Ice Hockey - The 2019 IIHF World Championship comprised of 16 participating nations in its top division.

8) Netball - The 2019 Netball World Cup had 16 teams taking part.

9) Baseball - The 2017 World Baseball Classic had 16 teams.

10) Badminton - The 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup (World Cup of Badminton) had 16 teams


So, that completes the list. This is a glaring indictment on cricket folks. Yes, some people might argue that the T20 World Cup has 16 teams, BUT crucially only contains 12 teams in the main stage, as 4 teams are eliminated in the pre-qualifiers / Round 1. This is NOT similar to World Championships in other sports which also contain 16 teams. As with Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Netball, Baseball and Badminton, the 16 teams c

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Bahrain annouced joint bid to host FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021

Bahrain annouced joint bid to host FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021 with ksa and uae

According to fifa the host country should have atleast 5k seats for group matches, round-of-16 matches, quarter- finals, semi-finals and the match for third place. And 15k minimum seats for for the opening match

Currently we have 2 (and 1 underway) Stadium that potentially will host the event.

  1. Khalifa Sports City Stadium w/ over 20k capacity

  2. Bahrain National Stadium w/ 35k capacity

  3. An named high tech Stadium w/ 50k capacity, it will be Bahrain’s largest integrated sports stadium, near Bahrain International Circuit, and it will be the second biggest sports investment in this industry after BIC.

The works in this project started on the 4Q of 2018 and the project will finish in 2024 in multiple phases

The new state-of-the-art facility which will be able to accommodate 50,000 people will feature a retractable/telescopic roof, an international standard football pitch, athletics tracks and halls for basketball, handball, bowling, badminton and table tennis.

It will also host an underground shopping complex, cineplex and a hypermarket. Officials involved in the planning stage are also considering having an Olympic-size swimming pool and sports training schools.

This new Stadium will follow standards set by popular international facilities such as Camp Nou in Barcelona, Amsterdam Arena, Beijin

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Swiss Ramble on FC Barcelona 17-18 Finances

Source - https://twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1062250988575309824?s=09

Compiling into 1 thread here for readability, broader access, sub cataloging and also because Twitter threads are an abomination and an example of technology companies failing to do, Technology.
Swiss Ramble is a great resource, he used to write blog posts earlier but he seems busy now so has taken the twitter route which is unfortunate but at least he's still at it.


FCBarcelona 2017/18 accounts cover a season when they won La Liga (for the third time in four years) and the Copa del Rey, but were eliminated by AS Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals. Some thoughts in the following thread.

FCBarcelona profit before tax fell €11m from €31m to €20m (profit after tax down from €18m to €13m). Revenue (club definition) rose 29% (€206m) from €708m to a record high of €914m, though this included €209m gain on player sales (up €183m). Offset by major cost growth

Excluding player sales, FCBarcelona revenue rose €42m (6%) from €648m to €690m. Highest growth was in marketing & advertising €19m (16%) to €335m, then competitions €11m (12%) to €104m, broadcasting €9m (5%) to €187m and season tickets & membership €9m (18%) to €60m.

However, FCBarcelona paid the price of success with wages up €151m (40%) to €529m, split football €486m & other sports €43m, while player amortisation & impairment rose €52m (55%) and other expenses climbed €24m (15%). Net interest payable was €12m higher.

Most clubs in La Liga are profitable with FCBarcelona 2017/18 €13m profit after tax 6th highest (last reported numbers), though Real Madrid were top of the pile with €31m. Worth noting Barca’s figures include €46m losses from other sports (basketball €29m, handball €8m).

FCBarcelona benefited from a massive €208m profit on player sales, very largely due to Neymar’s move to PSG, which the club described as “exceptional”. For some perspective, this was almost 4 times as much as Real Madrid’s €54m. Also included sales of Deulofeu and Mascherano.

[FCBarcelona have reported profits for 7 years in a row, totaling around a quarter of a billion pre-tax in this period, averaging €32m a season. Hefty €83m loss in 2010 was due to club booking €89m of provisions and audit adjus

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